Katniss Finally Gets Her Own THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster; Plus New Poster for Paul Bettany’s SHELTER

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We’ve got a couple new posters to share.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – We’ve seen two different sets of character posters for the third installment of the Hunger Games franchise (here and here), but neither included one for our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).  However, Lionsgate finally released one for The Girl on Fire.  You can’t see her face in it, but it’s still something.
  • Shelter – We’ve also got a new poster for Paul Bettany’s directorial debut, Shelter.  This one stars Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie as two homeless people living on the streets of New York.  It’s due to screen at TIFF on Friday, September 12th.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster as well as the one for Shelter.

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Stephan James to Star in Jesse Owens Biopic RACE as John Boyega Leaves for STAR WARS; Anthony Mackie Shopping His Own Jesse Owens Biopic

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A couple updates on competing biopics centered around Jesse Owens, the Olympian legend who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games:

  • John Boyega was set to star in Race, but needs to drop out to star in Star Wars: Episode VIIThe Wrap reports Stephan James is now in talks to play Owens.  Stephen Hopkins (House of Lies) will direct Race.
  • Deadline reports Anthony Mackie “badly wants to play Jesse Owens” and is putting together a passion project to do so.  Mackie and Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) are producing and supervised a script by George Olsen that focuses on the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics.  They will shop the project to distributors soon.

There is a third Owens project, too!  Last we checked, Antoine Fuqua signed on to direct a biopic scripted by David Seidler (The King’s Speech) for Disney, but Fuqua has many irons in the fire.  More after the jump.

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lead SECRET, Tatiana Maslany in Talks for WOMAN IN GOLD, Anthony Mackie Joins Christmas Comedy, and More

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We’ve got quite a bit of casting announcements to attend to as the Cannes Film Festival and market are getting underway.  Briefly:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow will lead the crime thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, which marks the directorial debut of Billy Ray.
  • Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is in talks to join Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama Woman in Gold.
  • Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an untitled Christmas comedy.
  • Benjamin Walker has replaced Armie Hammer in the psychological thriller 2:22.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

Anthony Mackie Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Signing a Multi-Picture Deal, Deleted Scenes, Wanting to Be in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Mackie he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, the additional photography on Winter Solider, and deleted scenes.  He also pitches Marvel on why he should be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hit the jump to watch.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review

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One of the main criticisms leveled against Captain America: The First Avenger was that Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) was simply a “good guy” and therefore didn’t have any deep inner conflict (i.e. baggage).  That was one of the things I loved most about the character.  He didn’t need some tragic past to let him know that it was good to be good.  “I don’t like bullies,” Rogers said in the first film, and that was it in a nutshell: “I don’t like bullies.”  The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could have made the character more twisted and melodramatic by plunging him into a darker, more complex world.  Instead, Captain America isn’t corrupted by the present day.  He’s not even tested.  His innate goodness is a beacon; it’s a bulwark against corruption.   Captain America: The Winter Soldier celebrates the good guy, and when combined with smart commentary, incredible action, and a wonderful sense of humor, it’s the best Marvel movie so far.

Anthony Mackie in Negotiations for TRIPLE NINE; Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew Join THE AGE OF ADALINE; Kyle Bornheimer Boards THE D-TRAIN

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to star in John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, which already boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, and Teresa Palmer in its cast.
  • Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew join Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman in Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama, The Age of Adaline.
  • Kyle Bornheimer will join the low-budget indie comedy The D-Train, which is the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel and stars Jack Black and James Marsden.
  • Michael Vartan has landed the lead in Crawlspace, a genre film from director Phil Claydon that’s set to begin production in Los Angeles in just a few days.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VERONICA MARS, SXSW 2014 Coverage, NEED FOR SPEED, President Obama Visits BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.

We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Watch: 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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The release of Marvel’s latest picture, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is imminent, and to make the wait slightly easier (or possibly harder), the studio has released an extended reel of behind-the-scenes footage.  If you’re curious how one of these massive Marvel tentpoles gets put together, this is an opportunity to be a fly on the wall as directors Joe and Anthony Russo craft the Captain America follow-up.  The story finds Chris Evans’ Cap teaming up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Hit the jump to watch the footage, which includes plenty of looks at Falcon.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 4th.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Revealed to Be Marvel’s May 6, 2016 Release; Slated Opposite BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Last year, Marvel staked out a number of future release dates for films that they declined to reveal.  There are currently two “Marvel Untitled” films set for release in 2016 and one for May 2017.  The mystery grew deeper when Warner Bros. threw the hammer down and shifted the release of its own highly anticipated superhero team-up Batman vs. Superman to May 6, 2016, the same date as Marvel’s first untitled 2016 release.  There’s no way two major superhero tentpoles will be opening on the same weekend, so the question then became which film would blink first.

Just yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said Marvel has no plans to budge, and now we have a clearer picture of the Marvel vs. DC battle as the nature of the untitled May 2016 picture has been revealed: Captain America 3.  Hit the jump for more.

New Featurette and Character Posters for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Marvel has released a new featurette and character posters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  The story has Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) teaming up to face off against an assassin known as “The Winter Soldier” (Sebastian Stan).  The featurette focuses on new character Sam Wilson (a.k.a. The Falcon), who can fly around and fire automatic weapons like a badass.  Anthony Mackie, who received high praise from early reactions to the film, plays Falcon, and I look forward to seeing the talented actor get some more recognition.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the stylized character posters.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

Anthony Mackie Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, His Love/Hate Relationship with Comics, His Favorite Version of the Falcon, and Much More

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of my most anticipated films of 2014 before I had a chance to visit the set with a small group of journalists.  After what I learned there, the Marvel sequel easily jumped to #1 on my list, and now that I can share that previously secretive information with you, you’ll see why.  While Chris Evans might be the lead, this interview centers on Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, played by the charming and witty Anthony Mackie.

While on set, Mackie talked about his familiarity with the character thanks to his brother, which version of the Falcon he prefers, his wings, doing his biggest stunt on Day 1 of shooting, and his on-screen relationships with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Hit the jump for the interview.

New Featurette and TV Spot for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie

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Disney has released a new featurette and TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and about half of it is comprised of new footage.  In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  The movie continues to look good, the buzz is strong (so strong that they’re bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 3), and April 4th can’t get here soon enough.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano HernándezCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

Anthony Mackie Spreads His Wings as Falcon in New Poster for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER [Updated]

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One of the new characters I’m looking forward to seeing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) played by Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain).  Falcon is one of the good guys, and he’ll be fighting alongside Cap (Chris Evans) in the upcoming superhero film.  Today, Marvel has released a character poster for Falcon featuring the wings he uses to fly (the codename is not misleading).  The studio previously released posters for Captain America, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).

Hit the jump to check out the poster, and click here for a recap of the first 10 minutes of the movie.  The film also stars Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, and Sebastian StanCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th. [Update: We've added promo images and wallpapers after the jump]

Recap of the First Ten Minutes of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Last night, Marvel hosted a World Premiere of their new short film: the Iron Man 3 ‘sequel’ All Hail the King.  Star Ben Kingsley, writer/director Drew Pearce and Marvel honcho Kevin Feige were on hand to discuss the short, which I’ll have a lot more on in the not too distant future.  After the Q&A though, Feige treated the audience to a surprise – the opening ten minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  For a recap of Winter Soldier’s opening and some thoughts on it, hit the jump.

10 New Images from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and Sebastian Stan

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We have 10 new images from Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to share with you today.  They feature great looks at stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and even Cobie Smulders in action.  As an added bonus, be sure to tune in next week when we reveal our behind-the-scenes experience on the set of the latest Marvel movie.

The film also stars Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

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