While there’s been a lot of footage released for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, today features the debut of the film’s first official clip. Even as Webb recently addressed the concern of too many villains in this sequel, it wouldn’t be much of a movie without a bad guy. Luckily, we get a look at the main one in this new clip, as Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) attempts to talk down Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx) before the situation gets drastically out of hand.
The film also stars Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd. Hit the jump to watch the first clip.
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.
If you’re a Marvel movie fan, you know not to leave your seat when the credits start to roll on one of their films. After all, the studio has consistently offered awesome character moments during both the midpoint of credits sequences and then at the very end. While the studio initially stuck to one post-credits sequence, they’ve started including two scenes after each film with The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and now Captain America: The Winter Solider.
While I won’t spoil what happens in the two scenes during the credits, I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised to learn one of them has to do with Avengers: Age of Ultron. After all, the sequel to The Avengers arrives next year and Joss Whedon is directing the project right now. So it kind of makes sense that Whedon directed one of the post-movie scenes. More after the jump.
Fox has released the official logo and lengthy synopsis for its upcoming comic book-tinged prequel series Gotham. The show tells the origin story of Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his days as a rookie detective in Gotham City as he attempts to navigate the layers of corruption and strikes up a relationship with a young billionaire. Per the official synopsis, though, it appears that the show is just as much an origin story for Gotham City as it is Gotham, as it tells the beginnings of “the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.” The Mentalist and Rome creator Bruno Heller is acting as showrunner for Gotham, which already has a straight-to-series order from Fox and will feature The Penguin, a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne, and a young Selina Kyle as series regulars.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full logo and to read the extensive synopsis for Gotham. The show is expected to debut on Fox this fall.
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.
With Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Solider set to invade theaters on April 4th, earlier today Disney started doing press on the film here in Los Angeles. While reviews are embargoed for another week or so, Disney allowed us to tweet after last night’s screening and as I said on twitter, the movie is phenomenal. Loaded with incredible action, a great script, and fantastic character moments, The Winter Solider is easily one of the best Marvel movies and it’s going to make fans and casual moviegoers very happy.
While everyone is excited for The Winter Solider, all Marvel fans have another date circled on their calendar: May 1, 2015. At the beginning of next summer, The Avengers return under the direction of Joss Whedon with Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the story is under wraps, when I talked to Scarlett Johansson today for Captain America: The Winter Solider, I asked her about her thoughts on the the script. She said the sequel makes the Marvel Universe feel “very close-knit, cerebral, and progressive” and added that it “feels like the continuation of The Avengers.” Hit the jump to watch what she had to say.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson. Derrickson mostly has a horror background. His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, and he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
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The Wilderness of James marks an impressive feature debut for Michael Johnson, functioning as a thoughtful, engrossing character piece that allows you to leave your own troubles behind to experience, understand and care about someone else’s, and that quality in itself is refreshing. Hit the jump for my full review of The Wilderness of James from the SXSW Film Festival.
You know when you’ve got so many windows open on your computer that you hit the point where you can’t keep track of them all, forget some are open and also why you opened them in the first place? The same thing happens with the laptop point of view movie Open Windows. Hit the jump for my full review of Open Windows from the SXSW Film Festival.
Screen Gems is putting together a promising package for the new film Black Phantom. Variety reports that Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in the pic, while Hart’s Ride Along director Tim Story is in discussions to take the helm. The story revolves around a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the same hitman who had been sent to kill him, the Black Phantom. The genre of the pic is unclear, but with Hart onboard there’s no doubt at least some comedic element to the film. Story and Hart made Ride Along to great success, with the film scoring $140 million at the worldwide box office and spawning a sequel, which is expected to begin filming this year.
Foxx has two high profile films opening this year, as he plays the primary villain Electro in Sony’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this May and stars opposite the young Quvenzhane Wallis in Sony’s musical redo Annie. Hart is next set to shoot the comedy Get Hard opposite Will Ferrell.
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.
Director Darren Aronofsky’s long-awaited Black Swan follow-up Noah had its world premiere last night in Mexico, which means the first reactions to the finished film are in. Unsurprisingly, most pointed out that a lot of the film has been hid from the marketing—namely the more fantastical elements. The overall reaction was mainly positive, but many pointed out that it is destined to be a quite polarizing film. That’s not exactly a shock given that most of Aronofsky’s films elicit strong reactions, and with regards to Noah, the film appears to have a heavy philosophical bent while visually resembling a fantasy pic.
In addition to the first responses, Paramount has also released a new trailer for the film. After the jump, watch the trailer and peruse through some of the reactions from last night’s premiere screening. Noah opens in theaters on March 28th.
TV ratings for Monday, March 10th, are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The series premiere of NBC’s new drama Believe, with a pilot directed by Alfonso Cuaron, garnered a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 10.7 million viewers. This marks the lowest-rated Monday drama debut in the post-The Voice timeslot.
- CBS’s How I Met Your Mother suffered a ratings drop of half a point with a 2.7 rating and 7.7 million viewers. Mike & Molly hit a series low 1.8 rating and scored 7.67 million viewers for a drop of four tenths, and Intelligence ticked up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 6.53 million viewers.
- Over on Fox, Bones scored a 1.7 rating and 6.51 million viewers for a dip of one tenth, while The Following hit yet another series low with a 1.5 rating and 4.88 million viewers. That’s down one tenth from last week’s episode.
- The CW’s Star-Crossed dropped one tenth to a 0.3 rating and 1.04 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast dipped one tenth to a series low 0.2 rating and 810,000 viewers.
Just over a week ago, The CW unveiled the first image of Grant Gustin in costume for its The Flash TV series pilot. It was a constrained look as we only saw Gustin’s face, but fans were simply happy to get a preview of what the character will look like in the anticipated superhero show. However, the network has decided that fans don’t have to wait long to see the full costume, as The CW today released a full-body image of Gustin as the DC Comics character. The costume was created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland), who is also responsible for the principal costume in The CW’s Arrow. Production is currently underway on The Flash pilot, so we should hear word regarding a series pickup (or a pass) by May as The CW puts together its Fall 2014/15 schedule.
Hit the jump to check out the new image. The cast for The Flash also includes Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Patton (The Game), and Carlos Valdes.
On the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis welcomed his most prestigious guest by far, President Barack Obama. I forgot how relaxed and charming Obama could be, especially after last year’s non-stop series of setbacks and debacles as well as the general misery of being President (if I told you I was going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job where millions of people would hate me and I would be constantly frustrated and hamstrung, you would think I was crazy). Obama went on the popular web series to plug the Affordable Healthcare Act specifically to young people, who need to sign up and help lower premiums (as well as help themselves; healthcare companies suck, but going broke because you have no healthcare sucks more). Thankfully, this plug was done in a hilarious manner as the two men exchange insults, and I highly encourage you to watch.
Hit the jump to check out the episode, and click here to go to healthcare.gov. Also, if the comments section didn’t explode with angry, ill-informed political opinions, I would really appreciate it.