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'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans

‘Kick-Ass’ Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans

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‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Rumor: ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Takes the Lead

Last we reported, there were a handful of actresses being tested for a role in Gareth Edwards’ upcoming ‘Star Wars’ standalone film, including Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Kate Mara. According to a new report, the ‘Orphan Black’ star hasn’t just been cast in the film, but she’s landed the leading role—if true, this news is doubly awesome.

According to Total Geeks, they’ve received word from a source close to production on the spinoff that Maslany has landed the leading role in the film. We’ve been anxious to see Maslany on the big screen following her incredibly impressive performances on ‘Orphan Black,’ but that’s not the only thing that gets us excited about the spinoff—what makes this even better is that Maslany has reportedly landed the leading role. Is this spinoff female-centric? That would be pretty amazing.

What seems to support this rumor is Maslany’s recent exit from Neil LaBute’s upcoming Off-Broadway production of ‘The Way We Get By.’ EW reports that Maslany has left the production due to scheduling conflicts, and has been replaced by Amanda Seyfried. ‘The Way We Get By’ is scheduled to debut on April 28, and the first ‘Star Wars’ standalone film is scheduled for release next December, which means Edwards & Co. will begin production in the next few months.

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Joss Whedon Calls Lucy a Huge “Step” In Female Superhero Landscape

Joss Whedon is beyond excited that the studio behind his The Avengers movies is finally making a superhero movie that features a female lead, Captain Marvel. But, he still is saying that Hollywood has a long way to go.

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“[Captain Marvel is] something that Kevin [Feige] has been working on for a while. And I obviously was a cheerleader, but he had to get all the ducks in a row and get all the minds in agreement. I think being a part of Disney maybe makes it easier, because they’re open to it,” Whedon told Digital Spy. “And Marvel now is in a position to shake up its own paradigm, because it’s got such a success record.”

But he still thinks that the movie-making world still has a long way to go to break out of its sexist grasp on reality.

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Göteborg Review: Inspiring, Absorbing Studio Ghibli Doc ‘The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness’ A Must For Miyazaki Fans

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

It’s a bombastic title that, upon first glance at the unprepossessing exterior of a fairly nondescript modern office building in a Tokyo suburb may seem like an overclaim. Even if you spot a round window or two, the more whimsical flourishes, like the rooftop garden, the light-filled interior staircase, the lazy old cat and the handwritten notes and witty reminders that speckle the workplace it houses are only revealed later. But Mami Sunada‘s “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” which we finally caught up with at the Göteborg International Film Festival (whose documentary program this year has been excellent) is not, in fact, the story of a place. It is not even the story of the remarkable otherworldly work that is created within that place. Instead it is the story of a company, and how a company — a business, with employees, boardrooms, meetings, schedules, routines, squabbles, politics, deadlines and bottom lines — can have a soul.

Many of us coming to the film may assume that the soul of Studio Ghibli is located in one man — Hayao Miyazaki (Miya-san to one and all here). And indeed it’s an assumption the film embraces, as the thoughtful, quotable Miya-san, who is as peculiar and lovable as one of his creations, undoubtedly gets the large part of the limelight. At his desk fretting over how to draw a Zero fighter without fetishizing it; in the recording studio listening to protege Hideako Anni, himself a respected and prolific director of animation, give voice to Jiro, the lead character in “The Wind Rises“; at home herding the life-size stuffed-toy goats he rescued from the Ghibli museum’s storage room; in the office grumbling good-naturedly about the day’s calisthenics routine; or up on the Studio’s roof looking at the sky in what seems to be a daily ritual that he encourages his staff to share in, Miyazaki comes across as Ghibli’s pole star.

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‘Ant-Man’ Prequel Comic Reveals Agent Carter’s Connection to the Tiny Hero

We’ve heard for a while now that Agent Peggy Carter will be making an appearance in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ movie, but we weren’t quite sure how. Hayley Atwell reprised her ‘Captain America’ role for ‘The Winter Soldier,’ which featured a much, much older Peggy, but how old will Peggy be if and when she appears in ‘Ant-Man’? Thanks to the new, official prequel comic from the film, we’ve got some answers.

Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ prequel comic is hitting stands next Wednesday, and, like previous Marvel prequel comics, the new book is officially part of MCU canon. The company has released four preview pages from the comic (via Newsarama), which clues us into how Peggy Carter fits into the ‘Ant-Man’ universe.

The comic will take place long before the events of the new film, with a younger version of Michael Douglas’ Dr. Hank Pym working with S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Cold War. As it turns out, he’s working with Peggy Carter, who helps him test out his Ant-Man technology by abruptly shooting at him to teach him a little something about quick thinking. And, well, it works.

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The CW releases another iZombie promo

The CW has released another promo for “iZombie”, Rob Thomas’s latest show, premiering March 17.

Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy.

As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance now passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted. The change in Liv is baffling to her mother, her former fiancé, Major, and her best friend and roommate, Peyton, who still has the high-energy, Type-A personality that Liv has completely abandoned.

Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, Liv can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Despite carefully covering her tracks, Liv’s boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, discovers her secret and is surprisingly excited about the scientific possibilities. Even with her boss’ enthusiasm, Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Liv begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims.

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