While Chris Evans is known for his work in front of the camera, in the near future we’re going to be able to see what he can do behind the camera. Late last year, Evans directed his first movie, 1:30 Train, and he’s currently in post-production finishing it up. The indie pic is about two people (played by Evans and Alice Eve) who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York.
The day after I spoke to Evans about Captain America: The Winter Solider (watch that interview here), I landed a bit of time to talk about his directorial debut. He talked about filming in New York City, where he’s at in the editing process, test screenings, how he initially envisioned using only a soundtrack but changed his mind and decided to use a score, if he should try and premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival or the Toronto International Film Festival, how he wants to direct his next film this August (after Avengers: Age of Ultron wraps), and what kinds of projects he wants to focus on. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.
In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
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’ll be posting a 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.
During my exclusive video interview with Chris Evans he talked about his his reaction reading the script for the first time, his Marvel contract, if his Thor: The Dark World cameo counted towards his six-film contract, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
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.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only a great film, in general, but it is also a bad-ass superhero movie. Picking up after the events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. When a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and new ally the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on an enemy that just might take them down first. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell.
At a conference during the film’s press day, actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson talked about concerns over being typecast, how the Black Widow has evolved, the great camaraderie between Cap and Falcon, getting to work with Robert Redford, and how much they enjoy returning to these characters, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about the possibility of a solo Black Widow movie, how they decide when to bend or break things in the Marvel canon, and his minimal involvement with the Marvel films coming out of studios other than Disney. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Captain America (Chris Evans) may be out of the 1940s and in the present day, but his latest adventure, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has still gotten a retro-style poster. Even though you’ll probably never see this poster in a local multiplex, it’s a nice way of conveying that while Cap is a brave new world of subterfuge and intrigue, he’s still the good-hearted guy with the old-fashioned values.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Jackson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Avengers: Age of Ultron (no time for the definite article) would be shooting “key elements” in South Korea. According to THR, “parts of the film will be shot from March 20 to April 12 near the numerous bridges on the Han River that cuts through the heart of Seoul, including the landmark Jamsil and Mapo Bridges”. Specifically, shooting will take place in the upscale locations of Cheongdam Bridge, Teheran Boulevard, and Gangnam Station as well as Sangam DMC and Yongsan, the latter of which is home to one of the U.S. military’s bases. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans will be shooting on location, but we don’t know if any other cast members will be joining them. Shooting has already wrapped in Johannesburg, and has now moved on to principal photography at Shepperton Studios in the U.K.
The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.
When Marvel was preparing to release of The Avengers in 2012, it was the culmination of a hefty gamble on the studio’s part and not everyone was convinced it would work. The studio wanted to see if audiences would respond to a series of films set up like comic books, in which certain heroes would get standalone features and then all appear together in one massive team-up film, with everything taking place in the same universe. The gamble did indeed pay off and audiences responded overwhelmingly to The Avengers, as the result was the smashing of the opening weekend box office record and an overall worldwide gross of $1.5 billion; the Joss Whedon-helmed film now sits at number three on the all-time box office chart.
Marvel is deep into its Phase Two series of films now, and 2014 will kick off with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th. While recently speaking with Chris Evans in anticipation of the film’s release, Steve also briefly discussed the highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron with the Captain America actor, and he revealed his reaction to reading Whedon’s script for the follow-up. Hit the jump for more.
Over the past week, rumors about Chris Evans‘ Marvel contract and acting future became a bit murky. He told Glamour UK “I think when I’m done with this Marvel contract, I’ll take a little break from acting. With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic.”
For some reason, a number of folks thought he might bail on his Marvel contract, or that once it was done he wouldn’t consider re-negotiating his contract for more films with the studio. When I sat down with Evans today in Los Angeles for Captain America: The Winter Solider (which is awesome), I asked about his Marvel contract and acting future. He was more than happy to clarify his comments, saying, “I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them.” He went on to talk about how making his directorial debut last year made him want to direct more, adding, “I may stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it.” Hit the jump for more.
The first, overwhelmingly positive reactions to Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrived last night, and now Disney is taking advantage of that buzz by releasing the first clip from the pic online. Described as a “political thriller” and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film finds 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). In this debut clip, we see Cap chasing down the titular baddie through an office building. It shows off the kind of smaller-scale action that the thriller genre offers, and at one point I half-expected Evans to shout “Parkour!”
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
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.