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.

New CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spot Reveals New Footage and Some Spoilerific Plot Points

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If you read between the lines of all the Captain America: The Winter Soldier marketing material that’s out there, you can probably piece together some of the major plot points.  If you can’t, or if you’re the sort that needs confirmation of the plot before the movie actually comes out, then this new trailer is made just for you!  While it does feature a lot of new footage that hasn’t appeared in other releases so far, it also centers around a hefty spoiler that’s sure to play a major part in the action.  It also goes a long way toward shedding light on Robert Redford’s mysterious character, Alexander Pierce.

Starring Chris EvansScarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony MackieCobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.  Hit the jump if you really want to watch this latest trailer, but I’d suggest skipping it until you’ve seen the movie.  You’ve been warned!

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.

New Clips from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Clips from two highly anticipated superhero sequels have been released online.  First up, a new clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier features neither Captain America nor the Winter Soldier, as we instead see a discussion between Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Robert Redford’s character, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  If you’re itching to see the titular duo, though, check out yesterday’s clip.  Early reactions to the film have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m eager to see how Redford fits into the overall Marvel universe.  You’ll also want to stick around after the credits to see a scene directed by Joss WhedonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

Additionally, two new clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released, just a day after the debut clip came online.  These two new clips feature, alternately, a scene between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone), and a scene between Peter and Harry (Dane DeHaan).  They’re both quite character-centric, which is promising.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd.

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.

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.

ALL IS LOST Blu-ray Review

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When you’ve got Robert Redford starring in your movie, that’s really all you need.  Sure, having a talented cast is nice, and shooting in exotic, far-flung locales is a perk for everyone involved, but sometimes the best storytelling just comes down to a man and his boat.  In writer-director J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, all of Hollywood’s movie-making pageantry is cast aside in favor of a stripped-down style of storytelling that follows one man in his repeated attempts to defy death using nothing but his wits and meager provisions.  The solo survivalist angle is a tough task for any actor, but if Redford can’t do it, then no one can.  Hit the jump for my review of All Is Lost on Blu-ray.

New Poster for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and Teaser for the Super Bowl Spot

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Yesterday, Marvel released new posters and images for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and we ran our on-set interview with Chris Evans.  Today, Marvel has released another poster for the movie along with a teaser for their Super Bowl ad.  I usually find ads for ads obnoxious, but I suppose if you’re going to spend $4.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime, it doesn’t hurt to try and ramp up anticipation among the people who aren’t tuning into the Super Bowl for football.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and “Big Game” teaser (it’s adorable how they can’t say “Super Bowl”).  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. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.

New Images from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Starring Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford

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Marvel has released new images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as some higher resolution versions of previously released images.  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).  There’s nothing too amazing about this images, although I’m constantly taken by Cap’s new costume.  The more muted and streamlined outfit seems to fit in nicely with the less colorful, spy-thriller tone of the sequel.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  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.

12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories.  The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously.  That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes).  Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar.  The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.

New York Film Critics Circle Names AMERICAN HUSTLE Best Film; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence Win Acting Honors

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The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun.  The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year.  The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist.  Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies.  American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay.  The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and Stories We Tell won Best Documentary.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners and for my commentary on what this means for the coming Oscar season.

12 YEARS A SLAVE and NEBRASKA Top 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor.  Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods.  The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing.  The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary.  The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actor Race – Acting Veterans Square Off Against McConaughey, Ejiofor, and More

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In the last few months of covering this year’s awards race, it’s become very clear that the 2014 Oscars are going to be one of the most competitive in recent memory.  Nowhere is this more clear than in the Best Actor category, which already seems to have congealed into a solid list of five extremely likely candidates with a number of others waiting in the wings to play the spoiler.  As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the race starts to firm up, now seems like a good time to start taking a closer look at the individual categories in the 2014 Oscar race.

In today’s edition of Oscar Beat, we begin with the Best Actor category, which will see a couple of acting legends challenging the rise of McConaughey, powerful performances depicting historically important characters, Leo, and more.  Read on after the jump.

50 Screencaps from the First Trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Yesterday, we got the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it was pretty great.  For those of you not familiar with the plot (and you might not be since the trailer is heavier on the theme), 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”.  We’ve now grabbed 50 images from the trailer, and they highlight two things.  First, there’s a lot more Winter Soldier than you think since the character flashes by quickly and is in the far background of the shots.  Second, this trailer gives away some big plot points, but you probably wouldn’t notice them because, again, everything is going by so fast.  Consider that a minor spoiler warning.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  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 4, 2014.

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.

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