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The Marvel Universe expands further in 2018 with an exciting new batch of movies and characters.
2018 is shaping up to be a great year for comic book movies with Marvel once again leading the charge. The Avengers will be back, as will the foul-mouthed Deadpool, but there’s also a few new characters getting their first big screen outing. To wet your appetite for the year ahead, here’s everything Marvel has in store for us in 2018.
Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther
Black Panther - February 16th
Continue reading: A Marvel-lous 2018 - All The Marvel Releases Coming This Year
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.
Continue reading: Ant-Man Review
The actress surprised fans when she walked the red carpet showing off her baby bump on Monday evening.
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 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.
Continue reading: Evangeline Lilly Reveals Second Pregnancy On 'Ant-Man' Red Carpet
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.
Continue: Ant-Man Trailer
The Canadian actress is currently content being a family with her longtime partner Norman Kali and their 3-year-old son Kahekili.
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."
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.
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.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review
'The Hobbit''s Evangeline Lilly had the misfortune to have to begin stunt training a mere three months after she gave birth to her first child. Understandably, it was a bit of a struggle.
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.
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.
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.
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
Evangeline Lilly suggests Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' was far different from Peyton Reed's version.
With Edgar Wright on-board, Ant-Man was easily one of the most anticipated movies in recent years. Paul Rudd in the lead role was an intriguing and creative casting decision and support from Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas hinted that Wright and his collaborators were cooking up something special.
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Ant-Man
However, it became immediately apparent that Wright and Marvel were not meshing and the British filmmaker's vision for Hank Pym's story clearly wasn't in-line with the studio's ingredients for a money-maker.
Continue reading: So Here's Why Edgar Wright Pulled Out Of 'Ant-Man'
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
Evangeline Lilly - Evangeline Lilly leaving Global TV Toronto after an appearance on The Morning Show to promote the movie 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. - Toronto, Canada - Friday 6th December 2013
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