Although her name isn’t in the title, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is going to be a big part of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just how big a role it is remains to be seen, but this new character featurette teases a bit more about the super-spy and what she’ll get up to in the Marvel sequel.
Also starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open April 4th. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.
For those of you who have been waiting for more friendly animals to appear on AMC’s The Walking Dead, I give you tonight’s episode, “Alone”. While the presence of the furry, four-legged friend had little to do with the entire episode, its apparently solitary existence did speak to the episode’s theme established in its title. We got to check in on a few of the survivors in their various new partnerships; some grew stronger together and were torn apart, while others went their separate ways only to find out that it’s better (and safer) to stick together. Hit the jump for my recap and review.
300: Rise of an Empire rose to the top of the box office, easily besting the weekend’s second new release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Another new release of note, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, notched a 17th spot on the box office listing, having opened in a four-theater limited release. Animated features The LEGO Movie and Frozen lead the total box offices to date this weekend, and newly minted Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave gets a post-Academy Awards box office bump. Hit the jump for more.
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||3 Days to Kill
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Earlier tonight, director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt joined Marvel’s Kevin Feige in a half-hour Q&A on all things Guardians of the Galaxy. While you didn’t miss any new footage or surprise guests, the trio was surprisingly open in their answers to questions from both fans and AMC’s John Campea who moderated the event. Gunn described the film as being in “The Marvel flavor, but [having] a lot of old-school space opera about it.” He also shared a story about how Pratt almost missed on the audition for Star-Lord completely. The charismatic Pratt shared an anecdote of his own, and Feige teased a possible Easter egg in the films for fans of the comics. Hit the jump for the highlights.
While on our set visit to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, our small group of journalists had a chance to interview screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. The pens behind the sequel, McFeely and Markus are responsible for sending Cap (Chris Evans) along a path fraught with danger and betrayal, as befits their inspirational material: Ed Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” storyline and 70s political thriller movies.
While on set, McFeely and Markus talked about deciding to write a conspiracy thriller, Steve Rogers as “A Man Out of Time”, comic book and film influences, the conflicting moral styles of Captain America and Black Widow, and having the movie stand on its own merits rather than setting up a future installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump for the interview.
Max Brooks’ last adaptation to hit the screen – World War Z – ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars. Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they’ve picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters. Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit. Hit the jump for more.
A new trailer for John Curran’s adventure drama Tracks is now available. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set off on foot to traverse the West Australian desert, a near 2,000 mile trek. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) along the way, who documents her voyage. This new cut features some new footage not seen in the previously released trailer.
Tracks, also starring Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey, is now playing in Australia and will open in international territories throughout the year. No U.S. release date is set at this point. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
There’s no trailer for writer-director-star Jon Favreau’s comedy Chef just yet, but the first clip is now available. The film is primed to make its premiere at SXSW. In fact, Favreau and co-star Robert Downey Jr. recently appeared in a video unveiling posters specially designed with the festival in mind. Chef centers on a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) in order to recapture his artistic promise. Scarlett Johansson also stars.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Chef opens in theaters starting May 9th.
Fox is off to an early start in the renewal game. Here’s a quick look at the comedies that will be returning for another year:
- Freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, will return for a second season.
- The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Zoe Jarman, and Beth Grant, has been renewed for a third season.
- New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, and Hannah Simone, will return for a fourth season.
- As part of its two-year pickup, Glee will enjoy its final season run next year, with Lea Michele and Jane Lynch starring.
Hit the jump for some drama renewal news.
We’ve got some new posters to share with you from the following films:
- Bad Words – Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut, starring Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand. Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th. Be sure to check out Steve’s recent interview with Bateman here.
- Divergent – The IMAX poster for Neil Burger’s adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi Phifer. Divergent opens March 21st.
- Transcendence – Wally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.
- The Double - Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy Considine opens May 9th in limited release in the U.S.
Hit the jump to check them out.
Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:
- Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra.
- Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins.
- Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth.
- Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach’s Hitman movie, Agent 47.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
The latest effort from Hammer Films, The Quiet Ones, isn’t due out until April 25th, but we have three character motion posters to put you in the mood right now. John Pogue directs this horror film, based on true events, that finds a university professor and his students participating in an experiment with a troubled young girl, and unwittingly unleashing dark forces. The motion posters, which are delightfully creepy, feature the principal cast of Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke. Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne also star. Hit the jump to check out the motion posters.
Here are a couple of new release dates:
Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release.
Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th.
Hit the jump for more on both films.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is opening in less than a month, but I’ve been anticipating its release for well over a year now. Last summer, I joined a small group of journalists on a set visit to Marvel’s latest film. I had arrived with a general level of anticipation for the sequel, but when I left, the movie had made it’s way to my #1 most anticipated film of 2014, bar none. Why, you ask? Well in addition to its stellar cast and Marvel’s well-established pedigree of films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been crafted in the form of a tense, cerebral, and many-layered political thriller. (Rather appropriate given the current state of affairs in this country and abroad.) And if that wasn’t enough, there’s something brewing in the third act of this film that will bring about major implications for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump for much more!
When you want to know what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you talk to Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige. Luckily, I got to sit down with Feige when a small group of journalists visited the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Feige told us everything that’s going to happen in Phase Two, Phase Three, and beyond (yeah right). He did, in actuality, tell us how the film came about, and how its events will have big ramifications for the MCU at large.
While on set, Feige commented on hiring directors Joe and Anthony Russo, choosing to go with the style of a 70s conspiracy thriller, introducing the Winter Soldier,
Hit the jump for the interview.