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Daily news briefs: Douglas joins 'Ant Man,' Linklater's latest at Sundance

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Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news:

Michael Douglas joins the 'Ant-Man' cast - Variety reports the Golden Globe winner is the latest A-list star to join a Marvel film. The 'Behind the Candleabra' star follows in the footsteps of Robert Redford ('Captain America: The Winter Soldier'), Glenn Close ('Guardians of the Galaxy') and Anthony Hopkins (the 'Thor' series) as Hollywood heavyweights adding their considerable class to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Douglas is reported to play Henry Pym - a character in the comics who one of the founding members of the Avengers. He will join Paul Rudd, who will play the film's main character and hero.

'Boyhood' added to Sundance lineup - Director Richard Linklater has spent 12 years filming 'Boyhood' - a film that takes place over 12 years. Linklater shot a few scenes for the film each year with its three main stars: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and newcomer Ellar Salmon. IndieWire now reports this experimental film will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Its current cut is 164 minutes long. Linklater is currently nominated - along with Hawke and Julie Delpy - for their 'Before Midnight' original screenplay at this year's Independent Spirit Awards and Writers Guild Awards.

Jessica Chastain as Princess Merida - Disney Resorts finally revealed its re-imagining of the 'Zero Dark Thirty' as the main character of 'Brave.' It's the latest entry in photographer Annie Leibovitz's series of photoshoots for Disney Resorts "Where your destiny awaits" ad campaign. Previous celebs featured include Taylor Swift as Repunzel from 'Tangled' and Russell Brand as Captain Hook from 'Peter Pan.'

Golden Globe recaps, Academy Award predictions - With the Golden Globes less than 24 hours ago, there are plenty of articles about surprise wins and award snubs. (I did OK with my Golden Globes predictions - but completely missed in two categories) And as Award Season marches forward, many are trying to figure out if last night's Golden Globe winners will also grab Oscar gold in March. Although the nominations are not announced until Thursday, I also took a crack at predicting who will receive Academy Award nominations.


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