CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Take Over THE GRAY MAN

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The long-gestating adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller novel The Gray Man has changed hands.  The story follows a former CIA operative and current assassin who must fight his way across Europe, past special forces teams, in order to save the life of his handler.  The project was set up several years ago with James Grey directing and Brad Pitt attached to star, but it languished in development hell as Grey and Pitt became busy with other films.  The rights recently lapsed, producers Joe Roth and Palek Patel subsequently swooped it up, and now Sony Pictures is in control of the property and Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been attached to write and direct.

Hit the jump for more on The Gray Man movie, which is being planned as the first in a potential franchise.

Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spoilers, Which Scenes Were Part of the “Reshoots”, the Post Credits Sequences, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a regular TV interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo where they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the Marvel sequel’s action with the character moments, if they read the message boards or comments sections to get an idea of what the fans wanted to see, whether they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more.  You can watch that interview right here.

However, the day after that interview, we sat down in their hotel room for an extended conversation that got into specific plot points from The Winter Soldier.  During this interview they talked about how much of the story came from Marvel, which scenes were “plussed,” Robert Redford’s role and developing his character, the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, deleted scenes, their first cut, a plot point involving Nick Fury, the exposition bunker scene, and a lot more.  If you loved Captain America: The Winter Solider, you’re going to enjoy hearing about how it all came together.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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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.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Being Comic Book Geeks, Balancing the Action, and CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

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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 the Russos they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the action with the character moments, if they read the message boards to see what the fans wanted to see, if they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more.  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.

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.

Directors Joe & Anthony Russo Confirm They’ll Direct CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Say They’re Breaking the Story Now with Screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

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I don’t know much, but I am sure of one thing: after moviegoers watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, everyone is going to want another Captain America sequel with the same creative team behind the wheel.  Thankfully, it seems like that is going to happen.  About a month ago, we reported Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo were in early talks to return for Captain America 3.  However, since that story broke, we’ve received no word on whether or not contracts had been signed.  When I sat down earlier today with Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige, to discuss The Winter Soldier, I asked him if the Russo brothers were definitely coming back to direct the third Captain America film, and he said they were.

With that confirmation, I then went to my interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo and they also confirmed the news, adding,”We’re just in the formative stages of it right now.  We just started breaking story with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it.”  They added it’s hard to work on the story “before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to.”  Hit the jump for the full quote and video.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Landing the Job, Core Relationships, Easter Eggs, and the Talented Cast

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As part of our set visit to Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I had a chance to interview directors Joe and Anthony Russo as part of a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel for a small group of lucky reporters.  These guys know their stuff.  Not just comedy, as fans of their work on Community and Arrested Development surely know, but also the comic book source material, and the genre of political thrillers, which grounds this movie in an incredibly exciting way.

While on set, the Russo brothers talked about how they landed the directing job, being such huge fans of genre, working with this talented cast, balancing character screen time and relationships, modernizing the fighting style, and the all-important Easter eggs.  The real stinger here is that something major happens in this film’s third act that will impact the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe!  Hit the jump for the interview.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Directors Joe and Anthony Russo in Early Talks to Return for CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

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While Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn’t bow until April 4th, Marvel is apparently bullish on directors Joe and Anthony Russo.  Although it’s not confirmed and the film is not officially greenlit, a new report has the Russo brothers coming back for a third installment of the Captain America franchise within a franchise.  Negotiations between the studio and the directors wouldn’t take place until the early box office numbers from Captain America: The Winter Soldier roll in, but the production and recent test screenings have been so impressive that the studio expedited their deal-making process.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Starring Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan

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The first trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available.  In the upcoming sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) team up to face off against Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who has been survived and become an assassin known as “The Winter Soldier”.  However, the trailer doesn’t explain the Winter Soldier’s origin.  That’s okay because it does an excellent job of conveying the moral conflict at the center of the movie: Captain America’s values of right-and-wrong versus the grey area inhabited by S.H.I.E.L.D.  Beyond that central conflict, you have plenty of terrific looking action and a bad day for the helicarrier.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, 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 4, 2014.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER, Watching the Film for the First Time, the Soundtrack, and More at D23

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Shortly after presenting the D23 crowd with new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (here’s Dave’s recap), I landed a video interview with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.  They talked about what the last few weeks have been like since Comic-Con, how long their assembly cut was and their initial thoughts after watching it, if they’ve started thinking about the soundtrack, and if they’ve shot the after-the-credits scene yet.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Stan Lee’s Cameo, the Post-Credits Scene, and Much More

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Last week at Comic-Con, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.  They talked about trying to make their movie click together with the other Marvel films, coming up with a great Stan Lee cameo, the process of composing the post-credits scene, the current status of the editing process, getting the right approach to the characters, what they were most nervous about, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here for all our previous Captain America coverage.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Emily Van Camp

Comic-Con: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Emily Van Camp and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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While at Comic-Con for a big presentation in Hall H, Captain America: The Winter Solider co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Emily Van Camp, along with co-director Joe Russo, talked to press about the highly anticipated sequel.  This time around, Steve Rogers (Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Johansson), to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

During the interview, Joe Russo talked about how this film sets itself apart from the first one, as well as just how much Falcon (Mackie) will be in the film, while the cast talked about playing the classic American hero, how Captain America and Black Widow work together, how Cap is doing with modern technology and trends, presenting such strong female characters in the Marvel universe, and why Falcon should be in The Avengers 2.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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