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Michael Douglas in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Posted: 13 Jan 2014 10:55 PM PST

The actor, who recently won a Golden Globe Award, wants to surprise audiences by playing a brainiac.

After throwing audiences a curveball by playing flamboyant pianist Liberace, leading man Michael Douglas is ready to make another unconventional career choice, this time playing a scientist in Marvel superhero film Ant-Man.

Disney-owned Marvel said that Douglas, 69, will play Henry "Hank" Pym, the creator of the technology to shrink a human to the size of an insect and thus become Ant-Man. Anchorman star Paul Rudd, 44, will play Scott Lang, the alter-ego of the diminutive Marvel superhero.

"I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long," Douglas told Reuters. "The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor's 13-year-old son) will love it. He'll have a picture he can see."

Pym's character first appeared in the 27th issue of Marvel Comics series Tales To Astonish in January 1962. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said in a statement posted on Marvel.com that Douglas will play Pym with "charm and fortitude".

Douglas, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1988 for Oliver Stone's financial drama Wall Street and picked up a Golden Globe award on Sunday for his turn as Liberace in HBO movie Behind The Candelabra, is taking a rare step into the world of big-budget franchise action films.

"Sometimes – like (when) they didn't see you for Liberace – you've got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun," Douglas said of surprising both studios and audiences with his decision to do a superhero film.

Walt Disney Co's foray in bringing Marvel's superhero universe to the big screen has proved to be a lucrative choice, with films such as Avengers and Iron Man 3 crossing the US$1bil mark at the worldwide box office. The plot for Ant-Man is being kept firmly under wraps. The film, directed by Edgar Wright, is scheduled to be in theatres in July 2015.

While Douglas has only done one sequel in his career spanning more than 40 years – Gordon Gekko in 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – the actor teased about his involvement in future Ant-Man sequels. "(Marvel) reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?," the actor said. — Reuters

Skarsgard for 'The Diary Of A Teenage Girl'

Posted: 13 Jan 2014 10:55 PM PST

Actress Kristen Wiig will also join him in the movie.

Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig have joined the cast of The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, alongside new lead Bel Powley.

What would you do if you ended up in a relationship with your mother's boyfriend? That's the dilemma in front of Powley in the movie.

The film is based on a graphic novel by controversial and accomplished illustrator Phoebe Gloekner (rather than on Melody Carson's series of Christian stories) and is set in the 1970s.

With Powley set to fill the role of the novel's 15-year-old Minnie Goetze, there'll be no surprises should Wiig be confirmed as Minnie's mother, and Skarsgard the boyfriend that Minnie ends up sleeping with.

The film is both adapted and directed by Marielle Heller, an experienced screenwriter who is married to Saturday Night Live and The Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone.

Primarily known as a British stage actress with experience in West End and Broadway shows, Powley will be flanked by Wiig of Bridesmaids and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, as well as True Blood and Generation Kill star Skarsgard. — AFP Relaxnews

Movie passes up for grabs

Posted: 13 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

RED FM and Suria FM are in a generous mood this week. The radio stations are giving out screening passes to I, Frankenstein, a film that premieres on Jan 23.

To win these passes, all you need to do is to either listen to Red FM's Red Rave or Red Fix shows, or Suria FM's Ceria Suria and Ceria Petang programmes for the cues to SMS the deejays.

Apart from that, listeners can also win passes by logging in to either www.red.fm or www.suriafm.com.my and answer three simple questions about the film. There are loads of passes to be won for the special screening on Jan 22 at GSC 1Utama (in Petaling Jaya, Selangor).

I, Frankenstein is based on the popular graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux and stars Aaron Eckhart as a monster who is caught in a conflict between two immortal enemies. The film, released by GSC Movies, also stars Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto.

Meanwhile, 988 fans can win some movie screening passes this week, too! Just tune in to the Good Show for the cue to call, answer some simple questions and you'll get money-can't-buy invites to the special screenings of From Vegas To Macau and The Monkey King.

Yes, that's right, 988 is giving out passes for the two GSC Movies titles slated to open during Chinese New Year. To make things more interesting, there is also a chance for one lucky listener (and a friend) to fly to Macau to attend the premiere of From Vegas To Macau, which stars Chow Yun-Fat, Nicholas Tse and Chapman To.

If you are unable to listen to the radio, then just log on to www.988.com.my and tell the wonderful folks at the station, "I want to watch this movie because ..."

The Monkey King stars Aaron Kwok, Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen and Chow, and is based on the Chinese mythology about the Monkey King and his journey to the West to retrieve a sacred Buddhist text.

For more information, head on to the stations' respective websites.

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