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Michael Douglas reflects on death of mother, a “class act”

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Marvel farms new material with ‘Ant-Man’.

After assembling the Avengers — twice — and traveling to space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios’ latest endeavor seems like a decidedly small affair, yet it took the studio longer to bring the incredible shrinking superhero to the big screen than it did to boot up Iron Man, enlist Captain America or nail down Thor for their cinematic debuts. That was the lesson he shared with Jimmy Fallon Monday on “The Tonight Show” in recounting how he tried to pull a stunt on his “Ant-Man” co-star, Michael Douglas.When Marvel Studios announced that Paul Rudd — best known for his comedy work in such films as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Anchorman” and “Clueless” — would star as Ant-Man in their bigscreen adaptation, Rudd understood that some fans might be skeptical about him playing the beloved comic book superhero, who shrinks to insect size to battle crime. “When people heard that I was cast in this movie, I think most people’s reactions were ‘Huh?

In its efforts to colonize the multiplex with heroes, Marvel Studios has gone big (Thor), bigger (Hulk), neurotic (Spider-Man), unmanicured (Wolverine) and anarchist collective (Avengers) and finally decided that less is more.She was one of a kind. opened up about his late mother, Diana Douglas Webster, to Us Weekly while attending the premiere of Ant-Man in NYC on Monday, July 13. “I’m just digesting it — what happened,” Douglas, 70, told Us on the red carpet. “She was a lost generation in terms of — she was a class act. The storied history of the “Ant-Man” film goes back eight years when “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuss” director Edgar Wright and writer Joe Cornish were originally attached to the project. Douglas also starred with Sharon Stone in “Basic Instinct,” which gave us the famous scene of Stone uncrossing her legs in a most unladylike manner. “It was his last day and we were doing a close-up, and I thought, ‘You know what I’m going to do?

Turns out they were right: Ant-Man, while based on a minor deity in Marvel’s pantheon, is not only one of the more entertainingly human fantasies to come out of the studio, but it also defies the bedrock fanboy aesthetic that you don’t want to merely watch the superhero; you want to be the superhero. After working on several drafts of the script, Marvel and Wright declared last May before production was set to start that they had parted ways “due to differences in their vision.” A little over a year later, “Ant-Man” is arriving in theaters Friday to tell the story of how do-gooder thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) inherited a high-tech get-up from scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Really?’” Rudd told Variety Monday night at the film’s Cinema Society screening in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater. “The majority of my career has been doing comedies, and I was always that guy, so I completely understand. The pair teams up with Pym’s stern daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), to take down unhinged former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), who has a suit of his own. “Absolutely,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. “As we had always hoped, this version stands on its own but firmly within the cinematic universe. At no time during director Peyton Reed’s concoction does a viewer feel he’s not being played by a movie that’s equal parts revenge tale, redemptive parable, apocalyptic thriller and cornucopia of oedipal clichés.

She and Michael Douglas’ father, screen legend Kirk Douglas, were married from 1943 to 1951. “She taught me more about giving it your best shot,” Douglas told Us. “Maintaining decorum. It’s been really gratifying.” In “Ant-Man,” Rudd not only made his leading man debut in a Hollywood tentpole, but also co-wrote the screenplay, which centers on a father-daughter relationship. “It’s an emotional story that people can get invested in,” he said. “We wanted to make sure the movie had heart and be funny with all the action.” Michael Peña, who plays a crook and Rudd’s friend, nearly steals every scene he’s in with his dim-witted jokes.

That was a cool arc that I hadn’t really seen in a Marvel movie.” Besides Reed’s last-minute addition, Rudd and his “Anchorman” writer-director pal Adam McKay were tapped to rework the script. The “Crash” actor says he did some improvising to get the big laughs in the film. “My performance was probably 50% improv,” Peña said. “When I study a script, I want to do different takes and try to change it up. Carry on.” The Unlocked star broke his silence on his mother’s death on July 5. “She died peacefully of cancer after having been a patient in palliative care since early June,” he wrote via Facebook. “I will love and miss her forever.” The Oscar winner has been concentrating on work since the tragic loss. Throughout the movie, Lang seeks to reconnect with his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), after being released from prison, while Pym and Hope work to reconcile their own strained relationship. “I was thrilled to discover in the Marvel method that there’s a lot of leeway,” said Reed. “They encourage weird, idiosyncratic methods. ‘Ant-Man’ is their 12th film. When we first see Lang emerge from prison, he presumes that his master’s degree in electrical engineering will lead to postincarceration employment.

Desperate to pay his past-due child support so he can see his daughter, he signs on with a trio of larcenous goofballs who have a tip: inside some rich guy’s house in San Francisco is a safe containing untold fortune. Rudd will reprise his role in next year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which depicts a divide between superheroes siding with Cap and those aligning with Iron Man.

It turned out really well.” “I basically didn’t eat anything for about a year,” said Rudd, who shows off his washboard abs onscreen. “I took the Chris Pratt approach to training for an action movie. Eliminate anything fun for a year and then you can play a hero.” As for donning the Ant-Man suit, “It was just cool all the way around,” Rudd said with a big smile. “I felt like the part in that thing.

I’m thankful they planned ahead!” Following the screening, Rudd, Douglas and Peña joined co-stars Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) and Bobby Cannavale at the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel located in Times Square for the after-party. He’s practiced at parkour, knows technology and cracks Pym’s safe with a series of innovations that are downright magical, as is Reed’s direction of same. Fathers worshipping daughters is a big element in Ant-Man, along with sons rejecting fathers: Cross was mentored by Pym and feels abandoned; his inner turmoil is less Oprah than Aeschylus.

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