Joe Russo and Anthony Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, the Deleted Scenes, Trying to Make the Film Honest Trailer-Proof, and More

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It can’t be easy stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after Avengers scored over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, but that’s exactly what directors Joe and Anthony Russo did on Captain America: The Winter Solider, and they pulled it off.  However, now that Winter Solider is a certified hit, the pressure is back on because many are probably wondering, can they do it again with Captain America 3 in 2016?

While talking to the duo for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Solider Blu-ray release, they admitted that the stakes were sky-high when they first jumped into that one, but also pointed out that when we see the title for Cap 3, we’ll understand how high they still are now.  Hit the jump to read or watch about that, the minimal amount of deleted scenes, their thoughts on the Winter Solider Honest Trailer, their Captain America Omnibus Compendium, if Community and Captain America exist in the same universe, and more.

Joe and Anthony Russo Talk COMMUNITY Season 6; Say “Dan Harmon Will Make a Movie” and Reveal Chris McKenna Wrote Jokes for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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Community is really kind of “The Little Engine That Could” of modern sitcoms.  The show found its creative footing during its first season and built up a small yet loyal fanbase, but during its five seasons on NBC it faced the threat of cancellation nearly every year, had its showrunner/principal creative force fired for a season and then rehired a year later, and then finally NBC cancelled the offbeat series once and for all this past May.  Fans were obviously upset by this news, but it felt like it had been a long time coming.  But no, Community wasn’t dead yet.  At the last minute, Yahoo Screen picked up the rights to the series and ordered a sixth season of Community to air exclusively on the digital platform.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been involved with Community since its inception, helming the pilot and 20 other episodes of the show throughout its run.  When Steve recently spoke with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release, the two also discussed their impending return to Community to direct one Season Six episode and the show’s move to Yahoo Screen.  Additionally, they addressed the prospect of a Community movie, saying they’re confident it will happen and would be willing to direct it “in a heartbeat,” and revealed that executive producer Chris McKenna actually contributed jokes to The Winter Soldier.  More after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Is Now the Highest Grossing Film of the Year, But for How Long?

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new 2014 box office champion.  After a stellar opening weekend and extremely solid legs in the following weeks, Marvel’s swell Guardians of the Galaxy now stands as the highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with a grand total of $262.1 million.  The year’s previous champion, fittingly enough, was Marvel’s other 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which totaled out at $259.7 million domestically.  Though Guardians’ worldwide total of $507.4 million is still eclipsed by The Winter Soldier’s $714 million take, the galactic film’s international rollout will continue in the weeks to come, including a Chinese debut.

Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy box office standing, why it’s unlikely to remain the champion, and an overview of the full domestic Top 10 of the year thus far.

Play SHIELD vs. HYDRA to Enter to Win Tickets to AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Premiere

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Do you have any interest in scoring a ticket to the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere?  Of course you do!  And the best part is, all you’ve got to do is play a game in order to have a chance to win.  It’s called SHIELD vs. HYDRA.  First, you get sorted into a group based on your personality, S.H.I.E.L.D. or Hydra, and then you get access to weekly missions.  The more missions you complete, the more chances you’ve got to win one of two grand prizes, premiere tickets for a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then premiere tickets for a member of Hydra.

The SHIELD vs. HYDRA website goes live today, so hit the jump to get all details on what you can expect, how to win the premiere tickets and learn about other opportunities to snag some Marvel prizes.

ANT-MAN Connection to the Larger Marvel Cinematic Universe Possibly Revealed

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It’s been arguably Marvel’s most contentious production since Iron Man, but Ant-Man is finally gearing up to start filming in the next few weeks.  By now you know the story: Edgar Wright developed the film for several years, set his cast, was prepping to shoot, and then ran into creative differences with Marvel Studios that led to his exit from the project.  Peyton Reed is now at the helm of the superhero adaptation with Paul Rudd in the lead, supported in the cast by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.  One of the key points of contention between Wright and Marvel was reportedly the film’s connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the studio wanted to see more threads between Ant-Man and the other films that make up the MCU.

As filming is about to get underway, possible spoilers have surfaced by way of some earlier drafts of the script that reveal which characters from the MCU were/are poised to make an appearance in Ant-Man, and the answers may surprise you.  More after the jump, though be warned that these details contain potential spoilers for Ant-Man

Sebastian Stan Learns How to Handle a Knife in Exclusive CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Blu-ray Clip

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While you may still be busy planning your second (or third, or fourth) trip to see Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters, you’ll be able to revisit Marvel Studios’ other massive 2014 hit very soon.  In anticipation of the release of the Captain America sequel on home video, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray clip that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sebastian Stan’s stunt preparation for the film.  In order to properly portray the titular Winter Soldier, Stan went through extensive stunt training that involved getting extremely familiar with his knife and learning the choreography of the fight sequences, which Stan likens to learning a dance.  This is but a small peek at one of the various making-of featurettes that are included on the Winter Soldier Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to watch the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray clip.  The film will be available on Digital 3D, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere starting August 19th, and will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Combo Pack on September 9th.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Blooper Reel Teased in Brief Clip

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We showed you some deleted scenes this morning, but with a month to go until the Blu-ray and DVD of the film hit shelves it appears as though we’re being inundated with special features from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Now we’re getting a teaser for a blooper reel from the film that, even at a scant 45 seconds, constitutes at least 10% of my exposure to this movie.  In fact, I may be the only person working for this site that hasn’t seen the film, so maybe I’ll be checking it out on one of the aforementioned physical media discs.  Not sure if I’ve ever seen a Robert Redford “blooper” before today.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America: The Winter Soldier blooper reel. The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, 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 will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 9th.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Deleted Scene Tests Maria Hill’s Loyalties

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With the Blu-ray/DVD a little over a month away, the first Captain America: The Winter Soldier deleted scene has found its way online.  The scene features Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), which is always a good thing, although since it was left on the cutting room floor, I’m also somewhat disappointed.  What I like about this scene is that it reveals Hill’s ability to level veiled threats and deceive the people around her.  The scene defines her more as a spy than a soldier, and while I can understand that this scene is a bit superfluous, it still fits in nicely with soldier/spy conflict represented by Captain America and Black Widow.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America: The Winter Soldier deleted scene, and click here for what directors Joe and Anthony Russo had to say about the sequel.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, 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 will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 9th. [Update: We've added a second deleted scene after the jump.]

Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands with $94 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has just set a new opening record for August with an estimated $94 million.  In fact, ‘demolished’ is probably a more accurate term.  The previous box office benchmark was $69.3 million, set back in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum.  The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, came in third with an estimated $14 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $94,000,000 $94
2.  Lucy $18,300,000 $71
3.  Get On Up $14,000,000 $14
4.  Hercules $10,700,000 $52.3
5.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 $189.3
6.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 $47.6
7.  The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 $62.9
8.  Sex Tape $3,550,000 $33.9
9.  And So It Goes $3,344,000 $10.4
10.  A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 $7

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2014 Worldwide—For Now

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We’re at the halfway point of 2014, and the year has a new worldwide box office champion—for now.  Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has eclipsed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office to become the highest grossing film of the year thus far with $712.7 million.  That solidifies the film as the highest grossing X-Men movie yet, demolishing the previous record of $459.4 million held by X-Men: The Last Stand.  Its worldwide total just barely surpasses that of the Captain America sequel, which closed out with $711.2 million.  Stateside, the Marvel pic is still tops with $257.2 million, followed by The LEGO Movie at #2 with $256.8 million and then X-Men at #3 with $223.4 million.

Hit the jump to get a look at the current worldwide Top 10 and for my prediction as to which film will end up the victor when 2014 comes to a close.

Superhero Box Office 2014: How CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and X-MEN Stack Up to Previous Installments

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It’s no secret that superheroes rule the box office.  Studios are scrambling to tap into the genre with whatever comics characters they may have the rights to, and ever since The Avengers, the goal has now been to build interconnected superhero universes that tell stories across multiple films and characters.  The 2014 slate has its fair share of superhero blockbusters, but halfway into the year we’ve already seen most of them.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past having already opened in theaters, that leaves us with only Marvel’s August offering Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 in November.

Seeing as how the longevity of superhero adaptations is predicated upon how well the films do at the box office, we felt now would be a good time to take a look at how Cap 2, Spider-Man 2, and X-Men fared at both the domestic and international box office this year, and how they stack up to previous installments in their respective franchises.  Read on after the jump.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Hits Blu-ray on September 9th; Will Not Include a New One-Shot

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Though the film came out a couple of months ago, you’ll have to wait a while to get Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray.  Disney announced today that the Marvel sequel will be released on home video on September 9th, though it will be available for digital download via Disney Movies Anywhere on August 19th.  Bonus features details are broad and unspecific at this point, as the press release simply states that the Blu-ray will include “making-of featurettes, audio commentary, never-before-seen deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.”  Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously told us that the Blu-ray will include about five minutes worth of deleted scenes, with one in particular involving Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson at the end of the second act.  Curiously, one thing the Blu-ray won’t have is a new Marvel One-Shot short film, which accompanied previous Marvel Blu-ray releases.

Hit the jump to check out the Captain America 2 Blu-ray cover art and to read the full press release from Disney.

Friday Box Office: THE OTHER WOMAN Knocks CAPTAIN AMERICA Out of First Place

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After three weeks on top of the box office, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been vanquished.  The Marvel hit passed Thor: The Dark World’s final domestic gross earlier this week and, on its fourth weekend in theatres, is expected to stay strong in second place.  That makes The Other Woman the new number one film in America.  The Cameron Diaz comedy earned an estimated $9.3 million from 3,204 locations on Friday, putting it on track for $25 million this weekend.  That’s less than the $31.6 million debut of Diaz’s Bad Teacher, in 2011, but well above the $17 million that was projected.

The Other Woman aside, Friday was a hard day for new titles.  The action-drama Brick Mansions, featuring the late Paul Walker, earned an estimated $3.6 million in fourth place, while the PG-13 horror title The Quiet Ones brought in a very soft $1.5 million at number six.  We’ll have complete details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Other Woman $9,300,000 $9.3
2.  Captain America 2 $4,492,000 $213.3
3.  Heaven is for Real $4,050,000 $42.1
4.  Brick Mansions $3,590,000 $3.5
5.  Rio 2 $3,275,000 $85.7
6.  The Quiet Ones $1,520,000 $1.5

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims Top Spot, Easter Weekend Boosts Religious Films

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While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday’s box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten.  (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has had.)  While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch.  Though they dropped off from their position’s in last week’s box office, God’s Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend.  Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below:

Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $26,200,000  $201.0
2.  Rio 2  $22,700,000  $75.6
3.  Heaven is for Real  $22,200,000  $29.3
4.  Transcendence  $11,000,000  $11.0
5.  A Haunted House 2  $8,800,000  $8.8
6.  Divergent  $5,900,000  $134.1
7.  Draft Day  $5,890,000  $19.5
8.  Oculus  $5,200,000  $21.2
9.  God’s Not Dead  $4,800,000  $48.3
10.  Bears  $4,800,000  $4.8
 Noah  $4,800,000  $93.3

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Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Battles RIO 2 for the Top Spot, While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Trumps TRANSCENDENCE

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This Good Friday wasn’t so great for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening.  The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend’s other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that’s only if current estimates hold.  The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on RT, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg.  What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday’s third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend.

None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week.  It’s still pretty close, as estimates only separate the top two spots by a paltry (to some) $300,000 or so.  Will Cap win the weekend, or will the family-friendlier animated sequel reap the holiday audience rewards?  Check back tomorrow to find out!

Title  Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $9,566,000 $184.5
2.  Rio 2  $9,200,000 $62.1
3.  Heaven Is for Real  $7,850,000 $14.9
4.  Transcendence  $4,815,000 $4.8
5.  Haunted House 2  $4,030,000 $4.0
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